A new PSA featuring Academy Award® winning actress and bestselling author Julianne Moore is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month.In the piece, Moore speaks to how school librarians empower students to succeed in school and beyond. The PSA and instructions on how to embed the video on school library websites can be viewed at READ MORE
As the nation celebrates April as School Library Month, it's a good time to reflect on the essential role that school librarians play in our children's education.  A recent study in the state of Washington showed the wisdom of investing in school librarians.  As part of the study, Dr. Elizabeth Coker conducted a data analysis of a 40-question survey conducted by the Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) among 1,486 of the 2,428 K-12 schools in the state. READ MORE
Libraries save money every day through the free services they offer every day.  But they also provide free, unbiased information that helps their customers save money through sound financial decisions.This week (April 18-25, 2015), libraries across the country are highlighting these services during Money Smart Week @ your library. READ MORE
A school librarian is many things to many people.In the words of Rachel Wagner, one of her students and her nominator for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, Christine Payne “is more than just a school employee. Her roles vary from media specialist to tech support, from club advisor to personal mentor, from editor to inspiration.” READ MORE
by Katie Lannan, courtesy of NJ.comDon't close the book on the Hillside Public Library just yet.Township residents have been without a functioning library since Aug. 28, 2013, when a flood struck the Liberty Avenue building.For the past nearly 17 months, residents have been using the services of other Union County libraries while theirs underwent extensive renovations, including damage repair, the installation of a new floor, asbestos removal, mold remediation and updates to the library's layout, inventory and technology. READ MORE
Best-selling author David Baldacci is Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015). He is the author of twenty-seven books for adults, each of which has become both a national and international bestseller. His astonishing career started with Absolute Power, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood. David's books have sold more than 110 million copies worldwide, and been translated into more than forty-five languages. READ MORE
National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 15, 2015) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. It provides an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.In this video from the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville, Virginia, bookmobile users share the their feelings about this important outreach service. READ MORE
The American Library Association released its 2015 State of America's Libraries Report today, detailing issues and trends of the previous year affecting America's public, academic and school libraries. The highly anticipated report includes the 2014 list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books as reported to ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. Here's an overview of the report's key findings: READ MORE
By Steve ZaluskyMakerspaces – places where people can create, build and craft - are leaving their mark in libraries across the United States, radically transforming both their interior design and the way they are perceived.Allowing library patrons to transcend their traditional role as users and stir their creativity by actually making things, makerspaces are shining examples of how libraries promote community engagement. READ MORE
Every day, people use the services provided by library workers.  And each year, as part of National Library Week, their efforts are given special honor on National Library Workers Day (NLWD), which, this year, will be celebrated on April 14.A day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers, it was established by the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) in 2003. READ MORE